SB 550 – A SYNOPSIS OF KEY SECTIONS OF THE BILL
[The full text of SB 550 can be found in the link just below]
SB 550 requires that public and nonpublic school buildings constructed on or before January 1, 2000 and occupied by more than 10 children or students, pre-kindergarten through grade 5 shall test each source of potable water for lead contamination. Potable water is non-bottled water that may be ingested by children or used for food preparation that exits any tap, faucet, drinking fountain, wash basin in a classroom occupied by children or students under grade 1 [but does not include bathroom sinks and wash basins used by janitorial staff].
Each school administrator shall cause to have collected a first-draw 250 milliliter sample of water, flush for 30 seconds, and collect a second-draw 250 milliliter sample from each source of potable water in the building. There are more instructions of drawing in this protocol. Both samples are to be submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis for lead.
NOTE: I was informed that the link below, given to me by the president of an Illinois water system association, is a list of accredited testing laboratories.
If any of the samples exceed 5 parts per billion, the school administrator shall notify the parents or legal guardians via written or electronic communication of all enrolled students. If any of the samples are at or below 5 parts per billion, notification may be made by posting on the school’s website.
For school buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1987, the sampling and analysis must be completed by December 31, 2017; and for school buildings constructed between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000, the sampling and analysis must be completed by December 31, 2018. The written sampling results shall be sent to the Dept. of Public Health within 7 business days of receipt of the results.
A waiver of these requirements for collection and analysis can be sought if tests results were obtained prior to the effective date of this bill, but after January 1, 2013.
The Department of Public Health shall post on its website within 90 days of the effective date of this bill [the date the governor signs the bill] guidance on mitigation actions for lead in drinking water. THERE IS NO MANDATORY MITIGATION REQUIRED IN THE BILL. The feeling at this point is that notifying the parents will be sufficient to get a school to do proper mitigation.
All costs for the testing and analysis are to be the responsibility of the nonpublic schools while the public schools can use the Life Safety Funds, and Tort Immunity Funds.
The limitation of a school building having an occupancy of more than 10 children or students was a concession to see that private home-based schools are exempt.
As it relates to day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes constructed on or before January 1, 2000 that serves children under age 6, the Dept. of Children and Family Services in consultation with the Dept. of Public Health shall prescribe rules for lead testing of water on or before January 1, 2018.